ExxonMobil makes another major oil find in Guyana

first_imgBy Jarryl BryanIn what is its second biggest single oil reservoir find to date in Guyana’s waters, ExxonMobil has announced the discovery of 230 feet of high quality oil in its Ranger-1 well within the Stabroek Block.According to ExxonMobil on Friday, the well was at the time being drilled by the Stena Carron drillship. Work on the Ranger-1 well had started last November and it was drilled to over 6000 feet before Exxon made its discovery.ExxonMobil Exploration Company’s President, Steve GreenleeThe well is 60 miles North West of the Liza phase one project. The discovery of oil in this well is Exxon’s sixth in local waters since 2015. It is estimated that all these discoveries add up to more than 3.2 billion recoverable oil-equivalent barrels.According to ExxonMobil Exploration Company’s President, Steve Greenlee, this latest find while operating at daunting depths, illustrates his company’s deep water and carbonate exploration capacity.“This discovery proves a new play concept for the 6.6 million acre Stabroek Block, and adds further value to our growing Guyana portfolio,” the oil executive added, in a brief statement on the discovery.HopeMeanwhile, the Natural Resources Ministry expressed hope that the latest find would entice more investors to Guyana. According to the Ministry in a statement, the find underscores Guyana’s natural resource potential.As such, the Ministry related that other companies are expected to be incentivised to pursue their own exploratory work programmes. In fact, the Ministry revealed that several such companies have supplied their seismic data collection. As such, they are slated to begin drilling in 2018.International attentionSince ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana, the country has attracted international attention and precipitated intense sensitisation exercises. In May 2015, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.Exxon’s operations offshore of GuyanaThe company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on Payara began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of 2017, the oil giant had announced it had struck some 95 feet of oil reservoirs in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.Oil was discovered in the Turbot-1 well in October of 2017. According to the oil company following the discovery, the well reservoir was 75 feet deep. Drilling has been ongoing at the Turbot well since August 2017.It is understood that following the completion of the Ranger-1 well, the Stena Carron drillship will move to the Pacora prospect, four miles from the Payara discovery. Additional exploration drilling is planned on the Stabroek Block for 2018, including potential appraisal drilling at the Ranger discovery.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and hold a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.The lesser known Orinduik oil block has been under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, after they signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Government in 2016.last_img read more

Edmonton Oil Kings win over Prince George Cougars in game one of WHL Exhibition Series

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Game one of the Western Hockey League Exhibition Series took place last night, Thursday, at the Encana Events Centre.Taking part in the Exhibition Series is the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Prince George Cougars.In period one, the Oil Kings were quick to take the lead as they would score the first goal at 1:26 into the game, making the score 1-0 over the Cougars.- Advertisement -It would not take long for the Oil Kings to increase the lead as they would score a goal at 6:45 into the period, making it 2-0 for Edmonton.At 7:52 into the second period, the Cougars would finally manage to score a goal making an attempt of catching up with a score of 2-1.Then at 41 seconds remaining in the second frame, Edmonton would once again extend their lead to 3-1 over the Cougars.Advertisement In period three, things would not look great for the Cougars as the Oil Kings would score three more goals.Edmonton ending up winning the game with a final score of 6-1 over Prince George.The next and final game of the WHL Exhibition Series takes place this Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Encana Events Centre.For more details on the Series, you can visit the Encana Events Centre website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Vandalism to Dinosaur Footprints

first_img– Advertisement -To cap it all, signage at Cabin Pool has been vandalised with considerable premeditation and great effort, and deposited in Flatbed Creek. Fortunately, it appears that the signs can be repaired and reinstalled, but not without a fair amount of work, a task which is fairly low on the desirability list for the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation’s already busy volunteers.The Board of Directors of the Museum Foundation, in consultation with its palaeontologists, have been forced to consider hidden solar-powered surveillance cameras at Cabin Pool (not a trivial expense) and have reluctantly decided not to proceed with the opening of a third footprint site to the public in 2008, as had been planned.It seems desperately sad that these footprint sites, which have evoked a sense of wonder in so many thousands of visitors, and which have provided economic diversification to Tumbler Ridge and the Peace Region through tourism, are threatened by the thoughtless and idiotic actions of just a few. There has been an unfortunate spate of vandalism at dinosaur footprints sites in the Peace Region that have been opened to the public. The case of the removal of a superb footprint from the Wolverine River site near Tumbler Ridge a few years ago and its subsequent recovery by the RCMP, has become well known.A similar attempt in 2008 at the second Tumbler Ridge footprint tour site at Cabin Pool fortunately failed, but not without causing some instability to the site, threatening the future of well-preserved theropod footprints with rare dew-claw impressions.At a well known site near Hudson’s Hope, the footprint rocks were defaced by offensive spray paint slogans and incision of names. Similarly inspired etchings have made an unwelcome appearance at a Tumbler Ridge site.Advertisementlast_img read more

Win a Backyard BBQ for you and 20 friends

first_img Moose FM and Hey Romeo want to help you kick off summer in style. All you have to do is provide the backyard and of course the friends.  The BBQ will take place Friday June 11th at your place…so get down to any of the following places; Sears, Petron Communications, The Butcher Block (Opens late May), Egan’s Restaurant Pub and the Quality Inn and put your name in the draw. On top of that, Egan’s Restaurant Pub will give you a $500 tab for after the BBQ and the Quality Inn Northern Grand will set you up with a Jacuzzi Suite at the hotel. On Friday June 4th, Moose FM will pick one lucky winner who will get all the fun of the Backyard BBQ.center_img And the best part is, up and coming band Hey Romeo will perform right there in your backyard. The Backyard BBQ is brought to you by Petron Communications, Sears, Egan’s Restaurant Pub, the Butcher Block, The Quality Inn Northern Grand and Energetic Country Moose FM. – Advertisement – You and 20 friends could be enjoying the ultimate backyard BBQ.  Here’s what you’ll get.  First off we’ll set you up with all the fixings you need for the BBQ from Petron Communications, Steaks from the Butcher Block and a Broil King BBQ from Sears.  Of course you’ll get to keep the BBQ after the party.  last_img read more

8th street in Dawson Creek is open

first_imgThe City’s sewer lift station is operating with all three pumps and we are no longer diverting access effluent to our overflow ponds. This means that we are gaining ground on a sanitary system that was most recently operating over full capacity. The water system was not damaged or contaminated so the water supply is clean and drinkable. The City will continue to do it’s best to minimize infrastructure damage, remediate damaged infrastructure in a timely fashion and return traffic patterns back to normal as quick as is possible. Please be advised the crossing any of the above mentioned areas on foot or otherwise is not recommended until we have the opportunity to assess these locations and deem them safe. Please stay away from any area’s that were impacted as there may still be damages occurring from the impact of the floods.Your patience and cooperation is appreciated.Check drivebc.ca for current highway conditions in the region.BC Hydro has restored power to the area – if an outage occurs, you can check out the details at bchydro.com/outagesAdvertisement 15th Street – This crossing will remain closed until further notice and is currently blocked off.4th Street at 108 Ave – This crossing will remain closed until further notice and is currently blocked off.We ask the public to stay off the Walking Bridge at Kin Park until we can have it properly assessed and ensure the safety of it. We will inform you when that is completed. Water is continuing to recede at a rapid rate. The weather forecast is calling for a few showers over the next couple of days, however nothing significant for accumulation is projected and sunshine is in the forecast. City crews will to continue to monitor and clean up from flooding as the recession of water allows.Advertisement DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has released an update on the flood situation.  The biggest news is 8th street is open to single lane alternating traffic.  See the full update below as of 7p.m. Thursday.  6:57PM Update: Both the City of Dawson Creek and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have had a look around the community and we have the following updates on the roads.- Advertisement -8th Street – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has opened 8th Street for single lane alternating traffic with traffic control.17th Street – This crossing will remain closed until further notice and is currently blocked off.10th Street – The bridge will need an assessment prior to being opened to traffic and will remain closed until further notice. Advertisement Telus have suffered some damages as well to their infrastructure so they will begin to repair that as soon as they can get access when the flood waters have receded.The CN Rail line has been affected thru the Pine pass so that service will be impacted to the city for the foreseeable future.Schools in Dawson Creek and area will remain closed tomorrow as well as the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre and the Encana Events Centre. The Aquatic Centre will resume normal hours on Saturday.We will provide updates tomorrow via Facebook on BC Transit, Waste Management and any other city services that may still be impacted by the flood.Mayor Bumstead has ordered a special council meeting to occur on Monday to ensure we begin to understand the issues and provide administration with support and direction to begin the process of fixing the property damage. Once the time has been decided, we will post the information.Advertisement If you need assistance – Call the city at 311 or if emergency call 911Live in the regional area – call the Peace River Regional District “Official Page” at 250-784-3200 or if emergency call 911last_img read more

Politically divided Spain united by El Clasico rivalry

first_img0Shares0000In Barcelona Catalan flags, including the independence-supporting Estelada, are commonly flown, while the crowd chant in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each match to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714 © AFP/File / JOSEP LAGOMADRID, Spain, Dec 20 – Often symbolised as pitting the pride of Catalonia against Spain’s capital, the ‘El Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid is a match laced with political and social as much as sporting tension.Even more so this week when the sides face off in Madrid on Saturday lunchtime just over 36 hours after polls will close in local elections in Catalonia that were called over the crisis caused by the region’s drive for independence. “They have a very strong ideological connection,” political scientist Pablo Simon told AFP.“On the one side are Real Madrid, who normally can be said to have a more conservative and nationalist fan base.”By contrast, Simon cites Barca’s ‘more than a club’ motto as being rooted in a sense of Catalan identity.The sights and sounds of their Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabeu stadiums reflect that difference.In Barcelona, Catalan flags, including the independence-supporting Estelada, are commonly flown, while the crowd at Europe’s biggest stadium chant in favour of independence in the 17th minute of each match to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.At the Bernabeu stadium Real Madrid fans held Spanish flags, while cries of “Viva Espana” rang around following a violent crackdown by police on a referendum on independence called by separatists in Catalonia © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSAt the Bernabeu, Spain flags are splattered across the stadium, while cries of “Viva Espana” rang around on October 1 in the hours following a violent crackdown by Spanish police forces on a referendum on independence called by separatists in Catalonia.However, for all their differences, El Clasico and particularly the fear of losing the matchup should Catalonia gain independence, unites both sets of fans.“It is the derby of Spain and it feels like it is impossible to be neutral,” Sid Lowe, a Spanish football journalist and author of the book “Fear and Loathing in La Liga” on the rivalry, told AFP.“It is a unifying event. No-one wants to lose this game, even in the event of Catalan independence.”– No Clasico not contemplated –La Liga president Javier Tebas has repeatedly warned Barca would not be allowed to continue playing in the Spanish league if the drive for independence is followed through.However, that is a scenario both clubs refuse to envisage with many believing threats from Tebas, who attended a nationalist march earlier in the year, are aligned to his own political beliefs.“I want to tell all members that the intention of the club is to continue playing in La Liga. Right now our participation is guaranteed,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the club’s AGM in October.A banner demanding freedom for imprisoned Catalan separatist leaders is held up during the ‘Junts per Catalonia’ – JUNTSXCAT (All for Catalonia) grouping final campaign meeting for the upcoming Catalan regional election in Barcelona © AFP / Pau Barrena“I can’t contemplate a Spain without Catalonia, nor La Liga without Barca,” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told Spanish newspaper El Espanol.Bartomeu’s board has tried to tread a fine line by defending Catalonia’s institutions following the Spanish government’s application of home rule, but also not coming out in favour of independence.Barca played Las Palmas behind closed doors on October 1 in protest at the violence at the polling stations.However, even outspoken pro-independence campaigners like former Barca president Joan Laporta have called for Barca to remain in La Liga.“No one at Barcelona wants to lose this game even though that potentially contradicts their political or social position,” added Lowe.The most-watched football match in the world will attract a potential TV audience of 650 million people who will tune in to see five-time Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo of Real and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.“It paralyses normal life in Spain,” added Simon. “That’s why we always recommend to go to the theatre or the cinema at that time because they will be empty.”Yet, the fact that what could happen to Barca, and by extension El Clasico, has played such a big role in the independence debate is a sign of the match’s deeply-rooted importance to Spanish society as something more than just a sporting event.“On the face of it the fact we are concerned about the impact for football from Catalan independence is absurd because there are so many other things to be worked through,” added Lowe.“Yet, it is the one that has occupied people the most. Will Barcelona still be in the league? Will there still be a Clasico? And no one wants that to be lost.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Uruguay’s immoveable defence ready for unstoppable Mbappe

first_imgAnd while France pin their hopes on Kylian Mbappe, it is unlikely that the teenage superstar has encountered a defence quite like Uruguay’s.The mouth-watering last-eight tie in Nizhny Novgorod is likely to be decided by a battle between Uruguay’s stifling backline and the speed of Mbappe, 19.Led by captain Diego Godin, and including Jose Gimenez, Martin Caceres and Diego Laxalt, along with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, Uruguay’s defence have the joint-best record at the World Cup.They passed through the group stage without conceding a goal, and the only player to score against Uruguay was Portugal’s Pepe in the last 16, and that was ultimately in vain.Brazil are the only other team to have conceded just the solitary goal so far.Uruguay have conceded three fewer goals than France. Both teams have scored seven times.Between them, the experienced defence have over 350 international caps between them. They are supremely well-organised and have already served notice that Mbappe will not have the same kind of freedom he enjoyed against Argentina.“If you let France have space it will be very difficult,” Uruguay’s coach Oscar Tabarez said after securing a place in the quarter-finals.And he has also insisted that he is happy to cede possession to France in a bid to make the last four.France’s conundrum against Uruguay is knowing best how to utilise Mbappe and his fellow attacking danger, Antoine Griezmann.The French limped through their group stage but burst to life in their exhilarating 4-3 last-16 win over Argentina, inspired by Paris Saint-Germain’s $220 million (188-million-euro) Mbappe.Didier Deschamps, France’s coach, has already indicated that he is expecting a different kind of game from “solid” Uruguay from the seven-goal thriller in Kazan.The match is likely to be unsurprising, if not only for tactics, but also because of those involved.Whoever — and however — decides the match is likely to have to get one over on a domestic teammate.Cavani, who may play some part despite his calf injury, plays with Mbappe and PSG.Godin and Gimenez are colleagues — and close friends — with Griezmann, Rodrigo Bentancur and Blaise Matuidi play for Juventus, while Luiz Suarez and French defender Samuel Umtiti play for Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Atletico Madrid pair Godin and Gimenez have been immense at the back for Uruguay © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISNIZHNIY, Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jul 5 – The build-up to Friday’s quarter-final clash between France and Uruguay has been dominated by individuals, but it may be the South Americans’ almost unbreachable four-man defence which decides the result.While Uruguay sweat on the fitness of striker Edinson Cavani, it should be remembered that La Celeste’s progress in Russia has been built upon their defence as much as their A-list attack.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS IN WINS OVER NAOMH PADRAIG

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels News: Our Seniors and Reserves continued their season with wins over Naomh Padraig Lifford on Saturday evening last. The Senior game was a close affair with the lads holding out for a deserved 2 point win while the Reserves had a comprehensive victory. Next up this Saturday, we travel to Naomh Padraig Muff. The Senior game throws in at 5.30pm & the Reserves at 7pm. Training for Seniors and Reserves continues at Pairc na nGael every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. New players always welcome.Thanks to all that helped out with the recent bag pack in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity Ireland.Beidh 4 dheontas de €250 ar fáil ó C.L.G. Dhún na nGall fa choinne baill de chlubanna atá ag freastail ar Choláistí  Gaelige  i nDún na nGall agus fosta  8x€250 ó Choláiste na bhFiann ‘den chúrsa i nGaoth Dobhair. CLG Dhún na nGall will sponsor 4 grants of €250 to members attending a Coláiste Gaeilge of their choice in Dún na nGall. In addition, Coláiste na bhFiann are sponsoring 8x€250 grants for members of CLG. Dhún na nGall who wish to attend their course in Gaoth Dobhair.  ​Written applications must be submitted by club members to Jim Mc Glynn, Camblestown, Letterkenny no later than this Friday 25th April. Application forms can be downloaded from our club website.This week’s lotto numbers will be included in next weeks notes. The numbers in our club lotto have increased to 28. Any members of Friends of the Gaels wishing to change their weekly numbers should contact John McDermott or Sharon Harnet.U16 football training continues every Wednesday and Friday at 5.30pm. U6, U8, & U10 football continues at Pairc na nGael every Sunday morning from 11-12pm. New members welcome.Well done to our U14hurlers on their recent win over Dungloe. Final score 4-04 to 4-02There is an U8 &U10 hurling blitz on this Sunday in Convoy. Meet at the Pin Tavern at 10am.Hurling training for U6, U8, U10 and U12 has now moved to the pitch every Thursday evening from 6.30-7.30pm. Hurleys and helmets provided for training.Club members wishing to avail of Club Donegal should contact Jim on 0862271435. Membership includes free admission to all Club League & Championship games in the county for 2014. With regard to home and car insurance we have teamed up with Liberty Insurance who will give €50 to the club for every new policy taken out with them before 30th April. All you have to do is nominate Letterkenny Gaels.Camogie training continues every Tuesday evening at Pairc na nGael from 6-7pm for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th class. 5th, 6th class & Secondary school on Monday evening 6-7.30pm at Pairc na nGael. New players welcome. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome.Sympathy is extended to the Page family, Kilmacrennan on their recent bereavement.Senior Ladies Football training continues every Tuesday from 8-9pm at Game on Sports. New members welcome. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, www.letterkennygaels.donegal.gaa.ie , Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS IN WINS OVER NAOMH PADRAIG was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Gaels newslast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Defeats Augustana (S.D) 4-3

first_img 4. Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Jackson, Taylor (AUGIE) 6-0, 6-2 Box Score 1. Staniszewska, Kornel (AUGIE) def. Brills, Summer (DU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 Mela Jaglarz fell behind 4-1 in the third set but managed to win the next five games, beating Kaitlyn Motley, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 at No. 6 and clinched the match for the Bulldogs. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team used another strong performance in singles to secure a 4-3 victory over Augustan (S.D.) on Sunday afternoon at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. 6. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) def. Motley, Kaitlyn (AUGIE) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 Sophomore Joely Lomas was the first to finish with a dominant performance over Taylor Jackson, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. 1. Staniszewska, Kornel/Darr, Berkley (AUGIE) def. Herder, Tess/Williams, Kenya (DU) 7-6 (7-5) 2. Brills, Summer/Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Olivo, Christine/Jackson, Taylor (AUGIE) 6-1 3. Lawrence, Meredith/Motley, Kaitlyn (AUGIE) def. Jaglarz, Mela/Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 6-2 2. Herder, Tess (DU) def. Darr, Berkley (AUGIE) 6-1, 6-1 Drake 2-1 Doubles competition 5. Lawrence, Meredith (AUGIE) def. Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-6) 3. Williams, Kenya (DU) def. Olivo, Christine (AUGIE) 6-1, 6-2 The Bulldogs were just a few points away from earning the doubles point, but the Vikings’ Kornel Staniszewska and Berkley Darr managed to win the tiebreaker (7-5) over Tess Herder and Kenya Williams securing Augie the doubles point. The Bulldogs return to action on Friday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. when they host Iowa State. Williams rolled past Christine Olivo 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 to give Drake a 2-1 lead. Drake got out to a great start in singles as all six Bulldogs won their first set. Herder then put the Bulldogs a point away from the win when she won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3. Singles competition Drake 4, Augustana (SD) 3Feb. 5, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  Match Notes Augustana (SD) 0-1 Story Links Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,3,2,1,6,5)  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

SA offers condolences to Ghana

first_img25 July 2012 Ghanaians are in mourning following the death of President John Evans Atta Mills, who passed away on Tuesday. “It is with a heavy heart … that we announce the sudden and untimely death of the President of the Republic of Ghana,” the president’s office said, adding that Mills had died a few hours after being taken ill, without giving further details. The 68-year-old president complained of pains Monday evening and was rushed to hospital on Tuesday midday when his condition worsened, a source close to the president said. He was in the United States for nine days in June for a medical check-up amid swirling rumours about his ill health.Jacob Zuma offers condolences South African President Jacob Zuma was among the heads of state who paid tribute to Mills and offered words of comfort to Ghanaians. “South Africa and Ghana enjoy strong relations at both the bilateral and multilateral levels, and under President Mills’s leadership, we saw genuine efforts aimed at deepening the historical relations between our two nations,” Zuma said. US president Barack Obama also paid tribute to Mills, saying he was a strong advocate for human rights and for the fair treatment of all Ghanaians. Obama said Mills had helped promote economic growth in Ghana in the midst of challenging global circumstances and strengthened Ghana’s strong tradition of democracy. “On behalf of the American people, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the people of Ghana, and reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between our democracies that President Mills helped to strengthen,” said Obama. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Mills would be remembered for his statesmanship and years of dedicated service to his country. Ban vowed that the UN would work with the government and the people of Ghana to support their efforts to consolidate the country’s democratic and development achievements.Earned respect at home and abroad As leader of a country of about 25-million, Mills had earned respect at home and abroad for his economic policies and commitment to democracy and good governance. He served as president when Ghana began took on the mammoth task of dealing with its new-found oil wealth from offshore fields discovered in the last five years. The GDP growth rate of the resource-rich country hit 14.5% in 2011, making Ghana one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and the fastest in Africa. Mills’s unexpected death came only five months before he was due to stand for re-election in December.Vice President takes over As the news of this death spread his deputy, Vice President John Dramani Mahama, was quickly sworn in as head of state in a smooth political transition that is in line with Ghana’s constitution. In his first presidential address, Mahama expressed condolences to Mills’s family and said the final tribute to the late president was to “maintain the unity, peace and stability of the nation.” Mahama will serve as caretaker president until presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of the year. Senior members of Ghana’s ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) have also pledged support for the new president. Source: SANews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more